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CSKA steel keeps Porto at bay

Published: Tuesday 14 September 2004, 21.45CET
FC Porto 0-0 PFC CSKA Moskva Defending champions Porto are held by a stubborn CSKA side.

Match statistics

PortoCSKA Moskva

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target11
 
1
Corners9
 
1
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed16
 
28
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 14 September 2004, 21.45CET

CSKA steel keeps Porto at bay

FC Porto 0-0 PFC CSKA Moskva Defending champions Porto are held by a stubborn CSKA side.

By Fergus O'Shea at the Estádio do Dragão

FC Porto were frustrated by a stubborn PFC CSKA Moskva side in their opening game of their UEFA Champions League defence, although the goalless Group H fixture did stretch their unbeaten run in the competition to 12 games.

Olic denied
Porto dominated for much of the match but were unable to find a way past in-form CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. Hélder Postiga came closest for the home side with a shot against the post, but CSKA too had their chances, Ivica Olic hitting the post then the crossbar seconds apart midway through the second half.

Attacking formation
New Porto coach Víctor Fernández opted for an attacking 4-3-3 formation with new arrivals Postiga and Ricardo Quaresma joining Carlos Alberto up front, as South African Benni McCarthy dropped to the bench. Maniche, Costinha and the new Brazilian signing Diego made up the midfield, and Giourkas Seitaridis replaced the departed Paulo Ferreira at right-back.

Ignashevich captain
CSKA started in a 3-1-4-2 formation with striker Vagner Love starting up front alongside Olic. Right-back Sergei Ignashevich was promoted to captain for the night after Sergei Semak was named among the substitutes.

Porto dominate
The first half was dominated by the European champions as the Moscow side seemed content to sit back and allow Porto to enjoy most of the possession. Shots by Seitaridis and Diego in the first 15 minutes did little to worry Akinfeev in the CKSA goal, but a minute later Postiga was offered an excellent chance to open the scoring.

Postiga chance
Quaresma swung an inviting cross in from the right flank, but the former Tottenham Hotspur FC striker was unable to reproduce the header he scored against England for Portugal during UEFA EURO 2004™ and his attempt flew over the bar.

Baía saves
The closest CSKA came to scoring was a deflected long-distance shot by midfield player Jirí Jarošik after 20 minutes, which forced Vítor Baía in the Porto goal into an acrobatic save.

Porto press
Porto were not playing to the high standard they set on their way to winning the competition last season, but they were the more dangerous side throughout the first-half. They were a whisker away from scoring just after the half-hour mark when Diego struck a dipping free-kick into the box from the left wing. Jorge Costa glanced a header to the back post, but Postiga was unable to fully connect and the ball went narrowly wide.

Porto attack
The second half began much as the first had ended, with Porto on the attack. On 51 minutes Postiga was fortunate to find himself through on goal and the striker’s toe-poke beat Akinfeev, but the shot struck the post and the ball rebounded away to safety.

Fabian debut
The Brazilian striker Luis Fabian came on for his Porto debut to rapturous applause on 64 minutes, replacing Carlos Alberto up front, but it was CSKA who seized the initiative as twice Olic came close on 66 minutes. First the Croatian striker hit the post with a low strike, then seconds later shot from the edge of the area, only to be denied by the crossbar.

Akinfeev saves
Porto hit back and only Akinfeev kept CSKA in the game on 70 minutes when both Quaresma and Postiga had shots saved by the Russian goalkeeper. Then on 80 minutes Benni McCarthy brought the crowd to its feet with his first touch - a wonderful overhead kick from six metres which flew narrowly over the crossbar. Porto threw men forward, but to the frustration of the home side they were unable to break the deadlock.

Last updated: 15/09/04 12.07CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK)
35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
Yellow Card88
2
Jorge CostaJorge Costa (C)
Yellow Card79
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
6
CostinhaCostinha
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich (C)
7
PepePepe
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
10
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution73
9
OlićIvica Olić
14
AreiasAreias
11
Vágner LoveVágner Love
Substitution89
16
DiegoDiego
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
Yellow Card43
18
ManicheManiche
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Yellow Card68
19
Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto
Substitution65
20
JarošíkJiří Jarošík
22
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
Substitution89
41
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution81
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić

Substitutes

13
NunoNuno (GK)
1
MandrykinVeniamin Mandrykin (GK)
3
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel
5
SemakSergei Semak
Substitution89
4
Hugo LealHugo Leal
Substitution73
8
GusevRolan Gusev
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
14
KirichenkoDmitri Kirichenko
9
Luís FabianoLuís Fabiano
Substitution65
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
33
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
19
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
77
McCarthyBenni McCarthy
Substitution81
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Substitution89

Coach

Víctor Fernández Braulio (ESP) Valeri Gazzaev (RUS)

Referee

Kim Milton Nielsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Joergen Jepsen (DEN), Anders Nørrestrand (DEN)

Fourth official

Knud Stadsgaard (DEN)

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